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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 1, 2017

Published on November 1, 2017 3:16PM

Kemmer for council

Holli Kemmer has been a great addition to the Long Beach City Council since her appointment in February 2016.

She has been consistent and thoughtful in her decision-making and seems to go out of her way to “do her homework” on decisions that affect the entire community. She asks questions and has a head for logic, something sometimes lacking in today’s leaders. With Holli’s history in the both the private and public sector, as well as being raised locally, she has a well-rounded knowledge of not only Long Beach but the entire Peninsula. Holli has a long history of local public service. Whether being a past board for the Boys and Girls Club, former committee member of the Bluegrass Festival (2005-2010), Holidays at the Beach, the Washington State International Kite Festival, and a Merchants Association Board member just to name a few. It’s hard not to find something where Holli hasn’t helped behind the scenes at some point in her life.

Please support and vote for Holli as she runs to retain her council seat, position #5 for the City of Long Beach.

Beck Ellis

Long Beach

Retain DeLong

Our lives are improved when we have women in office like Mary DeLong. Along with other Port Commissioners and the talented staff she recruited, DeLong has steadily and quietly made the Port of Peninsula the biggest economic engine on the peninsula. Improvements to the Nahcotta dock services made in the over 12 years Mary DeLong has been Port Manager and Port Commissioner are an amazing asset to the public, our struggling fishing industry, small and large family farmed aquaculture, Taylor Resources and Pacific Seafoods. Mary DeLong quietly and diligently worked to improve the Nahcotta docks, boat ramp, hoist and fueling station. Mary DeLong was instrumental in installing the enormous industrial ice machine at the Nahcotta docks. The Port of Peninsula’s docks, hoist, boat ramp, fuel, ice and access to Willapa bay are available to everyone.

Mary DeLong has subtlety taken a fresh approach to the services the Port offers while retaining its traditional character, function and mission. The Port of Peninsula used local contractors to install electric car charging stations in Long Beach. These are the first car charging stations on the Washington coast. When other Coastal communities decide that they too want electric charging stations, they are likely to use Peninsula contractors who gained their expertise in installing electric car charging stations on a Port of Peninsula project. In the near future when there is an electric car route on the coast, people will remember that it was Mary DeLong and the Port of Peninsula that had and implemented this fresh idea.

Good work needs to be acknowledged and what isn’t broken doesn’t need to be fixed. Let’s acknowledge the wonderful service Mary DeLong has done for this community by voting to retain Mary DeLong as a Port of Peninsula commissioner.

Dan Driscoll


DeLond irreplaceable

I’m writing to show my support for Mary Delong and asking to please vote to retain her as commissioner for the Port of Peninsula. She has irreplaceable experience and knowledge of our local ports and the issues they face. She is a valuable resource and asset to the planning and funding of the future of our port. She is a hands-on person not a sit behind a desk delegator. When she was manager she would put on a rain jacket and pump fuel in the middle of a storm, if needed. She had also sought ways for the port to improve or bring services to its users. This is not a marina to just park pretty boats, it is a working port that supports many local jobs and the economy. With the careful guidance of its present staff and commissioners, it should continue to again Mary is our best choice.

Yoko Y. Sheldon

Ocean Park

Support farmers

I see Coast Chronicles traveled inland from the coast and chronicled one of my favorite states, Montana. Yes, it is most beautiful and I visit over there too, in part to recharge my freedom batteries. People there are “one with the land” and work hard every day. While the Chronicles looks at the scenery, I also look at what it takes for the people to survive and be happy. Every conclusion is about the same: the lack of certain influence is the key.

Mainly farms and ranches there, farmers and ranchers are, in a sense, private contractors for the consumers of the world. Contractors, how is that? They hold all the risk, monetary and physical, work 10 to 12 hours a day with no overtime or L&I laws applicable, to sustain a high quality of life. A significant part of this high quality, survival, and happiness is the absence of outside interference. The farmers and ranchers should be the ones on the endangered list and protected.

Over on the east end there’s an irrigation intake that serves tens of thousands of farmland acres, and it has been there since 1903. The Corps of Engineers’ upgrade isn’t good enough for the environmental groups. They want to shut the whole thing down, analogous to the Snake River dams but even higher personal impact. I tell the farmers there’s no middle ground, the liberals do not care about you. You are outside the confines of their tunnel vision. The middle ground is there shouldn’t even be an issue.

Further west is the Crazy Mountains, where farmers’ private property rights are being challenged. Of course I always think of the slogan, “What part of ‘private’ in private property don’t you understand?” Forcing permanent easements only because of sheer “want” is wrong. But to the liberals we all are just renting our property, all property belongs to the public, and are subject to their whims via finger-pointing, arguments, and lawsuits. This would be contrary to what our Founders intended (the ones that made this land free for us). I’ll take their wisdom over the liberals any day.

And to the oyster farmers right here in Pacific County I feel such empathy, as they can thank their liberal friends for the devastating roadblocks in solving their burrowing shrimp problem. It is real hell to try and produce something with people working against you. You can be the best stewards of the land (and bay) and cooperate all you can, but you’ll get nothing in return. Cooperation only goes one direction in these living scenarios.

One more example, for the tremendous cost for an unnecessary change to the sewer sludge disposal, who (or what influence) can you thank for that? Well, who’s running DOE? Do regulations reduce? Once an acceptable practice, but now it’s not?

Conclusion: These are just a few examples of liberal influence and power. If there’s any justice for these things we will elect more Donald Trumps, and take away the liberals’ social colonoscopy equipment.

Robert W. Bonney


Really is up to us

I read with great interest your column of Oct. 10 entitled “It’s Up to Us to Plan to Survive.” I completely agree with most of what you have written and the opinions you have expressed so eloquently, yet on one point I must respectfully, albeit somewhat vehemently, disagree.

On March 30, 2011, during testimony in front of the United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, the FEMA Director (at that time) Craig Fugate said: “Government can and will continue to serve disaster survivors. However, we fully recognize that a government-centric approach to disaster management will not be enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. That is why we must fully engage our entire societal capacity….”

As a matter of absolute fact, the United States government, state government, and by extension local and county governments do not have the financial or logistical resources to pre-plan and pre-stage all of the assets necessary to sustain our communities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. It is not practical to assume that those governments could even foresee all of the potential eventualities that may occur following an unknown future disaster.

In December 2011, FEMA published a document entitled “A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action” This Whole Community Approach dictates that personal responsibility is vital to being prepared for a disaster. In other words, it is imperative that each of us takes steps to ensure we are prepared to survive a catastrophic emergency and be self-sufficient for at least two weeks. This must be a personal responsibility, not a governmental responsibility.

Many of the items you mentioned in your column, helicopter pads, airstrips, wi-fi hotspots, and generators are included in the extensive planning effort that is currently taking place and will be a part of the national response. It must, however, be an individual responsibility to ensure you have enough to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As you said in your title: It’s up to us to plan to survive.

Scott W. McDougall

Director, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency

Stop the cruelty

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for running Sydney Stevens’ new series, “Letters from the Heart.” It’s critical that we know how our government’s actions are affecting our Mexican neighbors.

Living in South Bend, where we have a good population of these industrious, family-oriented folks, I feel closer to them and am also in distress at the cruel injustices dealt them at the hands of our “law enforcement” agencies. The stress placed on these exemplary people must be overwhelming now.

It’s reminiscent of what the Jewish population went through at the hands of the Nazi “law enforcement” agents. I see no difference whatsoever.

Kate O’Neal

South Bend

Morons everywhere?

Lately, a passel of peninsula pals and numerous other wise guys have told me that America’s a nation of idiots. What if they’re right? Maybe we are a nation of imbeciles, afflicted with some mild-to severe intellectual disabilities.

After all, Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, recently called #45 a moron. And let’s not forget Trump’s clown-car of cabinet appointees and some Democrats who deserve special wall-space in the Hall of Morons.

So I’m asking myself, if there are pockets of individuals out there with a hunger for sentences that don’t contain the word “suck,” maybe they’re demographically insignificant. Do we really know anything anymore? Somebody must still know something.

Somebody knows why the caged bird sings. Somebody saw what you did. Somebody knows who you are. Somebody must know what makes things tick. Somebody knows what boys like. Somebody knows what girls want.

Somebody must still know the difference between Shinola and a hole in the ground. At least one person must know why Clint Eastwood’s partners always die or who Milli Vanelli really was.

Somebody knows who was really telling the truth. Anita Hill? Clarence Thomas? Somebody really knows who killed the Kennedys and Martin Luther King.

There must be thousands who know the secrets of the pyramids and the origins of life. Someone surely knows where Elvis is and Coke’s secret ingredient. Someone knows what happened to the Lindbergh baby and Amelia Earhart.

Somewhere on our information highway, answers can be had. But I’m not really worried about the dumbing down of America, only how it affects me personally.

After all, I’m supposed to be a really smart guy or a wise guy. I don’t know much, but I know this much. I know which one you’ll choose.


Ocean Park

Not a Forner fan

Gary Forner, who is running for mayor of Ilwaco, has been a councilman for eight years. This concerns me. It is time for Ilwaco to “clear the swamp” and he is old, deadwood in this swamp.

If you are wondering why I would say he is not the person to vote for; he has literally no accomplishments in his term as councilman for Ilwaco. Yes, he has been a volunteer firefighter, but he has made zero attempts to better the city while he was a councilman. He has never voted to cleanup the appearance of Ilwaco, fix the cracked sidewalks, chuckholes, or encourage better businesses to come in or cleanup the eyesore old buildings like at the stoplight in the only intersection.

His idea of Ilwaco’s future is a small list. His only interests in Ilwaco is not making the city cleaner and better but backing the old mayor and certain individuals who think they run the city, but who have hidden agendas. These individuals have all proven to be ineffective.

Ilwaco cannot afford another eight years run like the last mayor. Our new mayor needs to have an open minded, clear vision, with a positive attitude towards change for Ilwaco. The town needs to be cleaned up. The water/sewer rates need to be stabilized and the streets and buildings need to be improved. There needs to be better management with the employees who work for Ilwaco.

It is a sad fact that we have become a joke to other tourist communities, when what we need is someone to change the “norm” that has been set for Ilwaco. If you care about Ilwaco and its future generation, you will not vote for Gary Forner and you will chose Sam Lund instead as the next mayor of Ilwaco. Sam in interested in changing the status quo and helping Ilwaco by cleaning up the mess that the last eight years has been for us. Please just consider the facts before you vote.

Mary Johnson

Ilwaco summer resident


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